A planning hearing into the controversial Navitus Bay windfarm got underway today - giving people the chance to have their say on what could become Europe's largest offshore facility.
Energy giants Eneco and EDF want to build it off the Dorset and Isle of Wight coastlines. Either a hundred and twenty - or a hundred and ninety turbines - would be put up across an area of sea half the size of the Isle of Wight, powering 700,000 homes. It has has support from green energy campaigners but opponents claim it'll ruin the local tourist economy - and the view.
Chris Lisher is the harbour master at Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, one of three ports which could become the base for Navitus Bay's onshore support facilities.
Mick Pearce runs a guest house right on the seafront looking out towards the turbines.
Opposing sides in the debate over the proposed Navitus Bay windfarm are having their say to the government's Planning Inspectorate today.
An open-floor hearing at the Bournemouth International Centre is the first stage in the formal decision-making process.
The plan to build a huge windfarm off the Dorset and Isle of Wight coasts has support from green energy campaigners but is furiously opposed by many residents and some authorities on the south coast.
Love them - or loathe them - they're our best known wind turbines. The one at Reading, just off the M4, and the one near Lewes, in Sussex, are just the start.
But it's not so much the onshore ones that are creating controversy right now - it's more the big farms planned off shore.
For more than two years now, people have been picking sides in the furious debate over Navitus Bay which, if it existed now, would be the world's largest offshore wind farm.
Energy giants Eneco and EDF want to build it off the Dorset and Isle of Wight coastlines, where the seabed is part of the Crown Estate.
Either a hundred and twenty - or a hundred and ninety turbines would be put up across an area of sea larger than the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch conurbation.
Tomorrow sees the start of the planning hearings which - over the coming weeks - will influence whether or not the windfarm will be built. In the first of two reports Martin Dowse explores the arguments for and against.
A special meeting has been taking place in Poole today over plans for a giant windfarm off the Dorset coast. It's been a last chance for people to comment about the Navitus Bay project before the council decides whether to support the scheme.
The three billion pound windfarm would include nearly 200 turbines, each 200 metres high. It would be located 13 miles off Poole and 11 miles from the Needles.
But there are major concerns over the windfarm's impact on tourism and the environment. As Richard Slee reports.
A drop in session is being held later in Bournemouth regarding plans for a wind farm in between Dorset and the Isle of Wight.
Navitus Bay would see nearly two hundred turbines, up to two hundred metres high in the English Channel.
The public has until June the twenty third to register their comments with the Planning Inspectorate - which is on hand today to show how to do that.
A meeting to discuss plans for a wind farm off the Dorset coast could be one of the largest ever. Organised by Bournemouth Council.
It's thought more than one thousand people will attend on Saturday to hear from both supporters and critics of the Navitus Bay proposal. If it went ahead it would see more than one hundred and ninety turbines in the Solent.
Sailors fighting plans to build a 200 turbine windfarm are meeting today in Christchurch. Opponents of the Navitus Bay wind farm say it will be seen from Poole, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight and cause navigation problems. But it could power almost 800,000 homes.
Developers are today offering the public a chance to submit their views on wind park proposals across the south.
The public will have a chance to talk to the Navitus Bay project team about proposals at a series of exhibitions across eight locations in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The consultation which run until 11th October and is a culmination of more than three years of environmental work.
The documents will set out the potential impacts of the project and the proposed measures to minimise these effects during the construction and operation.